Like other venerable luxury watch brands, Blancpain suffered during the quartz boom of the 1960s and 1970s. Resurrected in the 1980s by Jean-Claude Biver, Blancpain has gone on to enjoy its most successful period. The brand’s modern timepieces are emblematic of a company that has learned to combine painstaking technological brilliance with creativity and flair.
From grand complications to all-time great diving watches, Blancpain’s modern catalogue reflects the brand’s resurgent heritage. All but killed by the decline in luxury watchmaking that preceded the 80s, Blancpain has risen from the ashes to become one of the world’s most respected brands.
Its Fifty Fathoms family continues to represent a high water mark for luxury dive watches, embracing its history (the Fifty Fathoms was the first modern diver’s watch) in classic design cues, while creating new traditions with models like the 500 Fathoms and X Fathoms. In the X Fathoms, a whole new element of sensitivity is added to the traditional capabilities of the complicated dive watch: a mechanical depth gauge that reads off on not one but two dials. One of the most accurate in the world, Blancpain’s dual movement provides current depth information and decompression stops.
It’s not all modern movements at Blancpain. At the other end of the brand’s model spectrum, you’ll find the Le Brassus and Villeret model families, which celebrate combinations of classic horological technology in sophisticated reinterpretations of traditional cases. The Le Brassus Tourbillon Carrousel, for example, combines two regulators to create a luxury watch that doesn’t just look extraordinarily beautiful: it works with a rarefied accuracy too.
Many luxury watch brands focus on a signature style. Not Blancpain. To go from the classicism of Villeret to the avant-garde look and feel of the L-Evolution within a single manufacture is, for Blancpain, all in a day’s work. This kind of virtuosity takes an incredible level of watchmaking experience. Blancpain’s long history of excellence and innovation is written on every dial.
As in the manufacture, so in the real world: Blancpain’s luxury watches are worn on the wrists of motor sports enthusiasts, deep sea explorers and gastronomes. The Blancpain name is synonymous with achievement, mechanical accuracy and exploration. From the ocean floor to the race track, there’s a Blancpain for every occasion.